June 10, 2011

Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer Review

The new Korres Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer allows for prepping under and over eyes a la Benefit Stay Don’t Stray. I kinda love the idea of a multitasking primer that works at keeping both my eyeshadow and my concealer in place!

The formula is also rich in antioxidants Quercetin and oak extract, as well as sunflower extract and vitamin E, which helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin’s elasticity and texture. Preps, primes, plus anti-aging abilities? Oh yay!


An eyeshadow primer rich in antioxidants Quercetin and oak extract, as well as sunflower extract and vitamin E, which helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin’s elasticity and texture while keeping shadow and concealer from creasing and fading.

I do think that Korres Quercetin & Oak Antiageing Eye Primer will find its audience in those with oily lids or those with finer liners however it may prove too drying for some and others might not like the texture of the primer.

I, for one, didn’t like the texture and formula. My eyes are very dry and sadly this didn’t work well for me. The formula has a silicone, velvet-like feel and finish that might best be suited for those with oily lids looking to mattify their lids or fill lines around their eyes area.

The primer is nude however it applies transparent and has a sponge tip applicator for application. The formula is a thicker texture that pills a little bit as you blend out or at least on my drier eyes it did.

For me the issues would be the fact that it makes my eyes feel a tad dry and pills (rolls off in tiny balls) a fair bit. Shadows blend easily over it however I experienced some minor creasing and fading within 5 hours of wear time.

When using it to prep for concealer I noticed that it seemed to make things a little to overly done and also dried this delicate tissue out further which in turn made my eyes look older. I didn’t particularly love it as a prep for concealer so if anything I’ll be using to prime lids only but not under my eye.

The tube seems to lock air in so whenever I remove the applicator and go to put it back in I have to push a bit to a fair bit.

  • Those with oily lids (this might prove great for mattifying oily lids).
  • Those with finer lines on their lids and eye area (this might help fill these finer liners).

  • Those wanting to use this all around their eye area to prep for shadow and concealer (if your under eye area is already dry I wouldn’t suggest using this to prep with in that area).
  • Those who want all day wear form their shadow (about 5 hours in I noticed some creasing which got worst as the day progresses).

I’m a big Korres fan but I did find this primer a tad disappointing. Perhaps my eyes are a little too dry to really appreciate this one and I look forward to hearing from those with oily skin who have tried it as it may prove just the thing for such a skin type however for me it sadly failed to work out very well. The creasing problems plus the fact that it seemed to dry my eye area out a fair bit didn’t endear me to the product.

Too bad as I had high hopes for it.

Anyone try?

Do share your thoughts!

Available now from Sephora.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • kimryan8

    I am always on the hunt for “drying” eye primers. I have super oily lids and the only things that work are UDPP and the sadly retired Benefit FYEye. The Stay Don’t Stray was a sad replacement and made my eyes like an oil slick.

    I am going to keep this one in mind for my next purchase but I find that when you said it pilled and rolled off that makes me weary… Was it that bad? Would you still go with UDPP?


    thats so sad that it had so much potential! But if IT PILLS yikes!!!!! Maybe you got an old one? 🙁

    • the Muse

      I dunno…I think it’s the formula linda, doesn’t seem old?

  • Teressa

    it’s a shame that it didn’t work 🙁 the idea is good though.

  • brici

    muse. do you know of any other product such as a primer that doesnt creep up in your fine lines?

    im using the hard candy concelear and mixing it with a little bit of amazing cosmetics concelear and that is helping just a little but it still does it. helpp?

  • Khush Singh

    Need to try this product for my kit – any other opinions? Oily Skin types?